The Sept. 10 meeting of the Logan County Board of Education (LCBOE) was a busy meeting. The board not only recognized and honored Andrea Santos as 2016 WV Teacher of the Year, but it declared the month of September as Student Attendance Awareness Month, heard a proposal for a class project which aims to cleanup a portion of the Guyandotte River and announced that Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center (RRW) had been named as a WV Premier Career and Technical Education site for the 2015-2016 year.
Cathy Adkins, Director of Attendance for Logan County Schools, addressed the LCBOE with a request for an official proclamation naming September as Student Attendance Awareness Month in Logan County. Vice president of the LCBOE Mark McGrew read the proclamation saying, “Now, therefore be it resolved that, as the Logan County Board of Education of Logan County, W.Va., we proclaim our board will stand with the nation and Logan County Schools in recognizing September as Attendance Awareness Month. We hereby commit to focusing on reducing chronic absenteeism to give all children an equitable opportunity to learn, grow and thrive academically, emotionally and socially,”
The LCBOE had more good news to announce: RRW had been named as a WV Premier Career and Technical Education site for the 2015-2016 year. “[RRW] received an award, a fantastic award. It’s one of three schools in the state to win this award,” added McGrew.
Students from Man High School’s Environmental Earth Science class, taught by Billy Jack Dickerson, presented their plan to clean up an eight mile stretch of the Guyandotte River from Verner to Lyburn. The class has planned a tire clean-up on the river for Sept. 19. Students from the class took turns explaining different parts of the project and informed the board that local fire departments, the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Logan County Commission and the Logan County Solid Waste Authority were also involved in their effort. The students hope their project will kick start a rejuvenation of the Guyandotte River.
In other news surrounding the LCBOE, board member Dr. Pat J. White has been named to the executive board of Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA). Each RESA area has two representatives on the executive board that are selected by the association.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the LCBOE is Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at RRW.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]